It seems the most unsatisfactory thing about zipper pouches is those pesky corners and ill-fitting linings. This method eliminates both!! The zipper is not actually sewn into the side seam – the tab encases the ends of the zipper. Then the sides are sewn with the lining in place – there’s no stuffing the lining inside the pouch. Seam binding covers the raw edges for a neat finish.
Before you start, you will need:
- fabric for outside of pouch – one fat quarter or assorted scraps at least 10″ wide
- fabric for lining – one fat quarter or scraps at least 10″ x 8″
- interfacing – 10″ x 16″
- nylon coil zipper 11″ or longer
- basic sewing supplies
Cut all of the following 7 ¼” x 9½”:
- (2) outer pouch fabric ∗
- (2) lining fabric
- (4) interfacing
Cut two squares 2″ x 2″ for the zipper tabs
For seam binding, cut from lining fabric a strip 1 1/8″ x 18″
Fuse interfacing to the outer pouch pieces and the lining pieces.
∗FOR THE PATCHWORK VERSION, cut the following and sew together with ¼” seam allowances. Then fuse the interfacing to the pieced section.
Now you are ready to sew. I thought a picture-tutorial would be useful for this so that you can see every step:
ATTACHING THE ZIPPER:
SEWING THE POUCH:
BEFORE THE NEXT STEP, OPEN UP THE ZIPPER ABOUT ONE INCH. THIS ENSURES THAT YOU CAN OPEN THE ZIPPER AFTER SEWING THE SIDE SEAMS. ALSO, CHECK TO BE SURE THAT YOUR PATCHWORK SEAMS ALIGN IN THE SIDE SEAMS.
BINDING THE RAW EDGES:
Cut the seam binding pieces from the 1 1/8″ x 18″ strip you cut from the lining fabric.
Turn the pouch right side out. Push the corners out with your fingers and gently roll seams to press. You are done!!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, feel free to contact me with any questions!
I don’t make zipper pouches. It’s not that I don’t like them – I do! So cute and so useful for toting and storing all the bits and bobs I am so good at acquiring. The problem for me is that I haven’t been able to find a pattern that I like because I have issues with the corners! I want a nice square corner with no smooshing of the zipper and boxed corners at the bottom. There has to be a way to get what I want without being too difficult or fiddly (I despise fiddly!), so I studied some ready made bags and then made this:
I pretty much love it! The secret is zipper tabs and seam binding for a perfect zipper insertion and square corners. It measures about 7″ x 9″, big enough to stash my stuff, yet small enough to tuck into a purse.
Liberty of London Tana lawn has been a favorite of mine since I made dresses for my girls when they were small, but the cost can leave you in tears! I bought a fat sixteenth bundle from Duckadilly.com that has 25 prints in a rainbow of colors for a reasonable price (just don’t do the math to see what you are paying per yard). It is perfect for small projects like this and I believe that a little bit of Liberty goes a long way!!
The linen in Robert Kaufmann Essex in natural which I think pairs beautifully with the Liberty prints.
Oh, and the little zipper pull? I had the charm and then blinged it up a little with some silver beads and a Swarovski crystal. This was totally fiddly, but I think worth it!
I thought I might write up a pattern or tutorial for the pouch, but then I thought that the sewing world does not need one more zipper pouch tutorial! It’s such a great method, though and I would be happy to if there is interest, just leave me a comment.
♥UPDATE: THANK YOU FOR YOUR POSITIVE RESPONSES AND CHEERING ME ON! A TUTORIAL IS IN THE WORKS AND SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK!! ♥
Hope you are having a great week and are fitting in some creative time!